1 Now gather yourself together in troops, O daughter of troops; he has laid siege against
us. They shall strike the Judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek.
2 And you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are insignificant among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity.
3 Therefore He will give them up until the time the one giving birth has given birth. Then
the remnant of His brothers shall return to the sons of Israel.
4 And He shall stand and feed His flock in the strength of Jehovah, in the majesty of the
name of Jehovah His God. And they shall dwell, for now He shall be great to the ends of
5 And this shall be peace. When Assyria shall come into our land, and when he shall tread in our palaces, then we shall raise against him seven shepherds and eight anointed men.
6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod at the
entrances. Thus He shall deliver us from Assyria, when he comes into our land, and when
he treads within our borders.
7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples as dew from Jehovah,
as showers on the grass, which does not wait for man, nor delay for the sons of men.
8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, in the midst of many peoples,
like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who
both tramples and tears in pieces if he passes through, and there is no one to deliver.
9 Your hands shall be raised against your foes, and all your enemies shall be cut off.
10 And it shall be in that day, that I will cut off your horses out of your midst, and I will
destroy your chariots, declares Jehovah.
11 And I will cut off the cities of your land and tear down all your fortresses.
12 And I will cut off sorceries out of your hand, and there shall not be any more
13 And I will also cut off your graven images and your pillars from your midst. And you
shall no more bow down to the work of your hands.
14 And I will pluck your groves from your midst, and I will destroy your cities.
15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and in fury on the nations, such as they have not